In the late 80’s, John Van Spronsen determined that the youth of Dawson Creek needed a recreational facility. He took it upon himself to make this a reality and now ‘the Ark Christian Youth Centre’ provides leisure opportunities to all youth regardless of financial situation, ethnicity or religion. The Centre has become a valuable amenity, fostering understanding and tolerance and providing a refuge for the community’s youth. John continues to fund the Arc personally. He is described as an “inspiration to his community” and one whose vision and commitment has made Dawson Creek a better place to live.